Another outbreak of the deadly virus hit Saudi Arabia, new cases of MERS creates fear and chaos.
News cases of MERS or Middle East respiratory syndrome reported in Saudi Arabia. Since 2012, viral disease that has infected more thousands of people and killed more than 480 in the kingdom, and implicated outbreak in the country in April 2014. With symptoms including fever, cough, diarrhea, and shortness of breath and spread between humans typically requires close contact with an infected person.
Among other health problems, this disease is known to be more severe. In the summer of 2015, new cases of MERS creates fears of epidemic occurring during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, begins in late September, hospital-related outbreak in Riyadh. Animals especially camels are believed to be a carrier of disease, spread to humans but still unclear.
The six new cases of MERS reported in Saudi Arabia, Sunday. In statement of Deputy Health Minister Abdulaziz bin Saeed and Assistant Deputy Minister for Preventive Health Abdullah M. Asiri, ministry has deployed infectious disease specialist teams at all hospitals in the capital, in order to monitor the movement of the virus. National Guard hospital reported high incidence of the disease, a rapid response team, comprising experts in infectious diseases, was sent there to support the local teams in effective containment procedures.
As Saudi Arabia facing new surge cases of MERS coronavirus infections, Saudi Ministry of Health advised national hospital guards not to travel for at least two weeks, following a significant outbreak of the said deadly virus. According to reports, infections soared Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, forcing the closure of a major hospital’s emergency ward in Riyadh and killing three people. Infected patients include a 109-year-old man.
In order to prevent from acquiring such virus, World Health Organization recommends people come in contact with camels to wash their hands and not to touch sick camels and to appropriately cooked camel products. IMAGE/Getty